Congress leaders meet Rahul Gandhi over SC judges' attack on CJI

Casey Dawson
January 14, 2018

Ranjan Gogoi is going to become the Chief Justice of India in October 2018, succeeding Justice Dipak Misra, as the senior most judge of the Court.

The revolt by Justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur surfaced in a press conference in which they accused the Chief Justice of not strictly adhering to the rules in assigning cases to appropriate benches, which they said could create "doubts" about the integrity of the top court. "By politicising the issue, the Congress has exposed itself".

They wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India about their concerns.

"I think all four judges should be impeached, they have no business to sit there and deliver verdicts anymore, " retired Supreme Court Justice RS Sodhi told The Indian Express. It is with no pleasure we come before you but are compelled to do so. However, in a remarkable co-incidence, senior advocate Dushyant Dave pointed out in lucid detail what some of these incidents could be in an article ( published a day before the tumultuous events.

He said the four judges "failed to persuade CJI that certain things are not in order and therefore he should take remedial measures". He said the matter was avoidable, and because of the drama, "people are very sceptical about the impartiality of the Supreme Court".

Senior BJP leader and former minister Yashwant Sinha said on Saturday said it was "our bounden duty to take note of what the judges have said and raise our voice for corrective action".

Leading the rebellion was the second most senior senior judge, Justice Chelameswar, who said that 'in the past few months, less than desirable things have been happening'.

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The decision of four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court to hold a press conference was on Friday termed as "unprecedented" by the legal fraternity, with some experts terming it as "shocking" while some others saying there could have been some compelling reasons for such a move.

In their scathing criticism of the Supreme Court's functioning, they raised issues which included that cases having "far-reaching consequences for the nation", were being "selectively" assigned to the benches of "their preference". Instead of criticising them let us concentrate on the issues raised by them.

"We want that the matter be solved at the earliest", he said.

She also said "extreme interference" of the Centre in the functioning of the judiciary was "dangerous" for democracy, but did not elaborate. "Democracy won't survive without free judiciary".

Attorney General K K Venugopal, who had a meeting with Justice Misra after the joint news conference of the judges, said it "could have been avoided" and that all judges would now have to act in "statesmanship" to ensure total harmony.

Describing the allegation made as "extremely important", Rahul Gandhi requested for a "proper" investigation "from the highest level of the Supreme Court". While the government has so far indicated that it would like the judiciary to sort out the matter internally, AG has expressed hope that all the judges would soon be able to bury their hatchet.

Earlier this morning, the Bar Council of India (BCI) said that the presser by the four top court judges was "unfortunate".

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